It is a sex assault in the state of Colorado for a psychotherapist to have any sexual contact with his or her patient. The fact that the patient wanted to have sexual relations is not considered a defense. Any psychotherapist charged with this crime is looking at near immediate loss of his or her license to practice his or her vocation (pending a conviction) and is also looking at a minimum of a misdemeanor sex assault charge in Colorado.
Misdemeanor sex assaults in Littleton, Aurora, or any other city or county in Colorado are considered extraordinary risk crimes. This means if you are found guilty, not only do they go on your permanent record, but they also carry up to two years in county jail. If you are lucky enough to get probation, then you must strictly follow the Colorado SOMB (Sex Offender Management Board) guidelines and you will have to jump through their many hoops to graduate. Even if you successfully complete sex offense probation, you will have to register as a sex offender in Littleton, Denver, or whatever city and county you live in for at least 10 years. Do not take this crime lightly, as it has ruined many careers based on false or wishful accusations by a psychology or psychiatry patient.
Felony Sexual Assault on a Client by a Psychotherapist (CRS 18-3-405.5)
We have seen felony charges result from sexual intrusion, penetration, or acts between a patient and his or her mental health professional when the patient is alleging that there was force involved. This class 4 felony is a heavy duty felony that carries with it the full weight of the Colorado felony sex offender punishments.
The tough part for most people to appreciate is often the person who is making the allegation is mentally disturbed or even "not all there." What they may perceive happened may not even have happened. But once the allegation of a sexual assault in Denver County or Douglas County is made, you will likely be arrested by the sheriff or police, taken to a jail, and treated like a sex offender before the process has even begun. Too often in Colorado, the courts treat people charged with sex crimes like they are guilty until proven innocent.
At Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., we have handled these tough sex offenses, and seen how they can devastate lives and destroy families. Whether anything happened or not, you have rights. These rights include the right to trial, and the right to confront your accuser, and the right to have the prosecutor, judge and jury know about the accuser's mental health issues.
Contact a Denver and Boulder Sex Crimes Attorney
Trust in the expert attorneys who have been there and handled these cases before. Shazam Kianpour is an experienced sex assault trial lawyer who will fight for you every step of the way to get the result that you deserve.
Email Shazam now or call us at 303-578-4036 and come in today for your free consultation. Your defense starts here.